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6 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

Former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores died Saturday in San Salvador while under house arrest and waiting to stand trial on embezzlement charges. Officials from his Nationalist Republican Alliance party say [AP report] that the cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage. Flores was charged [Guardian report] with embezzlement … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The Supreme Court of Guatemala on Thursday rejected a request to strip a member of congress of his immunity from prosecution for allegedly overseeing grave human rights violations during the country's civil war. Edgar Justino Ovalle is a top adviser to President Jimmy Morales and a member of Congress, which … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that neither boys nor girls can legally marry under the age of 18, even in unregistered, customary or religious unions. Previously, the Marriage Act allowed girls to be married at the age of 18 and boys to be married at the age of 16 and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The government of Honduras and the Organization of American States (OAS) [official website] on Tuesday signed an agreement [text, in Spanish; press release] to create the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). The MACCIH will be composed of a team of prosecutors, judges … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Ashley Hogan

Guatemalan prosecutors arrested 17 former military and government officials on Wednesday on charges of committing massacres and other human rights abuses during the Guatemalan civil war. Government security forces have been blamed [AP report] for the vast majority of the 245,000 killings and disappearances that occurred during the conflict. The … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Former Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina was formally charged by prosecutors on Wednesday following the investigation into the corruption scandal that led to his resignation. Prosecutor Francisco Sandoval said [AP report] that Pérez Molina is suspected of illicit association, customs fraud and bribery. Pérez Molina was jailed [JURIST report] pending … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Salvadoran judge on Thursday ordered former president Francisco Flores to stand trial on corruption charges. Flores is charged [Guardian report] with embezzlement and illegal enrichment for allegedly diverting USD $15 million from Taiwanese donation to his personal and political bank accounts. The donations were intended to help victims … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The Guatemalan Congress [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday approved legislation to raise to legal age for marriage to 18. The minimum legal age for marriage had been 14 for girls and 16 for boys. An exception was made so that girls who are at least 16 can still marry … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday dismissed a civil lawsuit [document, PDF] filed by former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [BBC profile], who alleged that Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash perpetuated a racketeering scheme [RICO text, LII] in the US … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina [JURIST news archive], labeled a "flight risk," was jailed in a preventive prison pending investigation [El Periódico report, in Spanish] on Tuesday following an indictment over corruption charges. The judge gave the prosecution three months to conduct an investigation and then the trial … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina [BBC profile] declared his innocence Friday at his hearing for corruption charges. Judge Migues Angel Galvez suspended proceedings until Tuesday. Molina resigned [resignation letter; NPR report] on Thursday amid corruption charges related to an alleged multimillion dollar customs fraud in Molina's administration. Molina … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina [JURIST news archive] sent a letter [El Periodico materials, in Spanish] to both the Guatemalan congress and reporters early Thursday announcing his resignation and his intention to "stand before justice." The congress has called an emergency session [Prensa Libre report, in Spanish] to meet … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Guatemala's congress on Monday stripped President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity by a unanimous vote of the 132 members who were present. This vote allows prosecutors to go after the president for corruption allegations. Pérez Molina and about 30 other government officials are accused of taking millions of … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Guatemalan judicial authorities must prevent further "obstruction of justice" in the ongoing genocide trial against the former dictator and the former chief of intelliegence, according to a statement [press release] by two experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] released Thursday. José … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Guatemala's Supreme Court on Tuesday approved prosecutors' requests to impeach President Otto Perez Molina for corruption allegations, despite the president having immunity from prosecution. Perez Molina and about 30 other government officials are accused [AFP report] of taking millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for keeping low import … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Guatemalan court on Wednesday held that former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt [JURIST news archive] can stand for trial for genocide and crimes against humanity but cannot be sentenced because he suffers from dementia. The court held that a special closed trial [Diario de Centro América report, in Spanish] … [read more]


Legal News
24 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina announced on Sunday that he has no plans to resign, despite accusations of corruption from the UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) [official website] and widespread protests in the nation calling for his resignation. Perez Molina and about 30 other government officials … [read more]


Legal News
10 Aug 2015
by Devin Montgomery

A UK court on Monday dismissed a Spanish extradition request for Rwanda National Intelligence and Security Services head Karenzi Karake. Karake had been detained since his June arrest [JURIST report] at a London airport, and the court ordered [Reuters report] his release. A European Arrest Warrant [materials] for Karake was … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] A Guatemalan court on Tuesday ordered former dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] to undergo competency tests to determine whether he is fit to stand trial for his alleged role in the torture, rape and murder of 1,771 indigenous people between 1982 and 1983 during Guatemala's civil war … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN International Commission Against Impunity [official website, in Spanish] reported [report, in Spanish] that approximately a quarter of the money used for Guatemalan political campaigns is from criminal groups. The main criminal group being drug traffickers. The report also indicated that government contractors themselves contribute to more than … [read more]

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